Official Statement from Green Party Leader on the passing of Jackie Webster
My wife, Janice Harvey, and I want to extend our heartfelt condolences to Jackie Webster’s family and many friends. She was an inspiration to both of us.
Jackie was a well-known writer, journalist, and political commentator. She loved politics and she loved New Brunswick. It seemed as if she knew just about everyone and all their relations too.Continue reading
It is said that good things come in threes. We couldn’t agree more.
Today, September 24th, 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of voters sending THREE Green Party of New Brunswick candidates to the Legislature. What a huge leap forward for our party and our province.
We want to thank everyone who voted Green, who put up a lawn sign, donated or volunteered for last year’s campaigns. If you sent us good energy or spoke favourably about a Green candidate with a neighbour or friend, it was all deeply felt. Your actions resonated—and forever changed—this province!
David, Megan, and Kevin want to thank you personally, and share with your some of the highlights from this past year with this short video.
Our Green MLAs are working for you, for the climate and our collective future. Thank you for all your support our first year – it certainly has been exhilarating.
Help keep the momentum going - Donate today!
PS. If you want to see Leader David Coon in action at the Climate Strike and rally in Fredericton last Friday, click here for the CBC news story and video interview with David.Continue reading
(Fredericton, Sept. 6, 2019) - The New Brunswick Green Party is pleased to welcome former provincial New Democratic Party members to our ranks this week, including eight former provincial NDP candidates and a provincial / federal NDP organizer. In a Declaration of Support for the Greens, they noted the party's commitment to community engagement and advocacy for real action in response to the climate crisis.
Greens table a motion to declare climate emergency in NB
Fredericton – On May 7, 2019 the Green caucus tables a motion calling on the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick to declare climate emergency.
“One of the key reasons I ran for office was to tackle climate breakdown,” says Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar. “Getting this government to act on climate change is one of my priorities. We understand the problem, we have the solutions, we need an appropriate response. An emergency response. Youth are demanding that we save their future. The science is clear. We must act now.”Continue reading
(Fredericton, April 24, 2019) – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of NB and MLA for Fredericton-South, congratulates Peter Bevan-Baker and the other 7 Green MLAs who were elected in last night’s historic win.
“We knew the Greens would do very well yesterday. Forming the Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian history represents a new day in Canadian politics. As Official Opposition, the PEI Greens will be the government in waiting. I want to congratulate Premier-elect Dennis King on his win, and extend thanks for the public service of out-going Premier Wade McLaughlin. I have no doubt the leaders will find the necessary common ground to deliver good governance to Islanders in this new minority government.”
PEI elected 8 Greens last night, including 5 of the 6 women elected to the Legislative Assembly. There will be a by-election within three months to fill the seat that was left vacant following the death of Green candidate Josh Underhay.
For immediate release
April 8, 2019
Beresford – The Green Party of New Brunswick’s annual convention drew a large and diverse crowd from all over New Brunswick to Beresford this weekend. The energy in the convention room at Danny’s Inn was palpable, as members gathered to hear about the work of the Green Caucus in Legislature, build their skills for growing the party in their ridings, and to elect new members to the Green Party’s governing council.
‘’It was exciting to see so many new faces in the crowd,’’ said Green Party leader David Coon. ‘’Our party’s family-centred and community-focussed approach to making life better for everyone in New Brunswick, is clearly giving people hope that green politics is the way forward. And they know we are the real green deal when it comes doing our part to reduce New Brunswick’s impact on the living world and the climate’’, said Coon.
At the convention, the membership elected four new members to the Executive of their government council including retired software developer, Tom McLean as President, former MLA and Deputy Speaker, Carolle de Ste. Croix as francophone Vice-President.
The Green Party’s policy convention was held in early March. The updated policy manual will be available in May.
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Marco Morency new executive director of the Green Party of NB
(Fredericton, April 2, 2019) - The Green Party of NB has hired an experienced activist, Marco Morency, as executive director. The community organizer wants to be at the heart of the action and make gains in the next election. For him, the time has come to become politically engaged.
Originally from Edmundston and based in Moncton since university, Marco Morency is known for his commitment to social and environmental causes. He first became involved in the Petitcodiac River issue in the late 1990s and then became executive director of the Petitcodiac Riverkeeper in 2010. He has been active locally, provincially and nationally for more than 20 years and has contributed to many organizations, including several environmental and Acadian organizations. Before joining the Green Party of New Brunswick, he was deputy executive director of the Congrès mondial acadien 2019.
According to him, his new functions are the logical next step from his social activism. "I support the ideas and values of the party 100%. Frankly, I didn't think I'd find that in a political party. The Green Party of NB is the best vehicle to meet the challenges of this critical time for our common future".
The results of the last election give him hope. "People want change and I want to help give them a voice. Our three MLAs do politics differently. These are not just words; they take concrete action. It's refreshing and that's what people want to see. Now we need more Green Party MLAs and that's why I'm here," says the new executive director.
"Marco's management skills and organizational leadership experience are exactly what our rapidly growing party needs to succeed in every region of our province", said Green Party leader David Coon. "I look forward to working with him".
People will have the opportunity to engage with Mr. Morency at the Party's annual convention to be held on April 6 and 7 in Beresford.
For Immediate Release
10 October 2018
Green Caucus Invites all MLAs to collaborate in the Legislature
Fredericton – The Green caucus, including David Coon, Leader and MLA for Fredericton South, Kevin Arseneau, MLA for Kent North, and Megan Mitton, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, held a news conference to release a copy of a Declaration of Intent they have drafted for the consideration of all MLAs to declare their willingness to collaborate in the Legislative Assembly once a government has been formed.
Following the election on September 24th Green Party Leader David Coon has spoken to Brian Gallant, Blaine Higgs and Kris Austin about the election results. Coon met with both Mr. Gallant and Mr. Higgs throughout the week of October 1st.
“After several days of useful discussions with the leaders of the Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties, it became clear the conditions for formal agreements of confidence and supply are not present,” said Coon. “However, once a government is in place, New Brunswickers want to see all of us cooperate to find solutions to the challenges we face, so our caucus has drafted a Declaration of Intent to cooperate for all MLAs to consider endorsing, based on the values we share as New Brunswickers.”
For Immediate Release
27 September 2018
Green MLAs offer to open discussions with Tories and Liberals
Fredericton – David Coon, leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick has met with his new caucus of Green MLAs: Megan Mitton, MLA-elect for Memramcook-Tantramar, and Kevin Arseneau, MLA-elect for Kent North. Coon has arranged to speak with both Blaine Higgs and Brian Gallant later today, about commencing formal negotiations toward establishing a stable government for the people of New Brunswick.
“Both Mr. Gallant and Mr. Higgs have obtained a minority of support from New Brunswickers, and they need to be prepared to discuss governing in a way that respects the majority,” said Coon. “My caucus and I will work toward a collaborative, stable government that accomplishes positive change for the people of this province. We take this responsibility seriously.”
Coon will offer both leaders the opportunity to begin negotiations in order to reach an agreement of confidence and supply that would enable the Green MLAs to support throne speeches and budgets, which are matters of confidence in the House. This arrangement follows the model used successfully in British Columbia wherein Greens hold the balance of responsibility in that minority government.
“The people of New Brunswick should rest assured that we will take the appropriate time to ensure that any agreement reached, with either party, is done so with the best interest of New Brunswickers in mind,” said Coon.
Leader David Coon joined local farmers and forest workers today, releasing the Green Party rural protection plan.
“For too long, governments have pursued economic development out of Fredericton, by degrading our natural resources around the province and giving hand-outs to large, profitable corporations,” said Coon. “I’m proud to say that a Green government would flip this model on its head – we need to protect our lands and forests, end the natural resource giveaway, and make financing available to small and medium-sized businesses, invested in their local economies.”
Coon says the Green Party plans for expanding sustainable agriculture and implementing a local food strategy with aggressive targets for increasing the local food production to replace imports.
“To grow our economy, we have to use the talent and the resources we have here and stop giving away our valuable natural resources,” says Coon. “Crown forests – those controlled by the provincial government - are a public trust and must be managed in a way that upholds treaty obligations to First Nations, provides sustainable livelihoods and economic opportunities for forest-dependent communities, and maintains the ecological integrity of the forest.”
To protect and grow rural communities the Green Party platform includes commitments to:
- Consolidate the various economic development agencies into a Department of Community and Rural Development.
- Simplify the establishment of Community Economic Development Investment Funds and make them eligible for investments from RRSPs and TFSAs – to facilitate access to investment funds for local enterprises.
- Implement a local food strategy with measurable targets.
- Develop a bio-economy strategy - bioenergy, bioplastics, and biochemicals - that would sustainably utilize renewable resources from our forests, farms and fisheries, including their processing wastes.
- Increase in-province tourism by maintaining and restoring covered bridges and river ferries.
- Immediately cancel the 25-year forestry contracts signed by the Alward government in 2014 and return softwood from private woodlots as the primary source of supply to the mills.
- Give farmers greater power in the marketplace by supporting marketing cooperatives and supply management systems and support education and training opportunities for new farmers.
The full platform can be found here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/bed666ce-15d5-472c-ae5b-a9158e7f5e56
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